“If we were opening up to anyone

Greccio’s eviction prevention program gives residents a second chance

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“I did everything they asked and it just gave me time to get the job that I needed,” she says.

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moncler outlet sale Gardner is a case in point. Before leasing an apartment with Greccio, she had been on the waiting list for nine months. Greccio’s seven year average vacancy rate is about 3.5 percent, but over the last year, the vacancy rate has averaged 2 percent, says Lee Patke, the nonprofit’s moncler mens jackets executive director. moncler outlet sale

moncler factory outlet Greccio owns 18 properties and manages three others, and has apartments for people making less than 30, 40, 50, 60 and 80 percent of area median income. AMI for a four person household in El Paso County is $77,700. moncler factory outlet

cheap moncler outlet Greccio’s eviction prevention program started as a pilot for Greccio residents in 2014, funded by Sisters of Charity Ministry. The goal was to intervene on at least 30 evictions over the next two years, Patke said. Greccio moncler outlet ended up serving 41 households, 35 of which successfully completed the program. cheap moncler outlet

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cheap moncler jackets “There is naturally occurring low income housing that happens across the city,” Suppes says. “If we were opening up to anyone. and that kind of inadvertently happened, word kind of got out moncler outlet online that we were going to be doing this and we just had an onslaught of so many referrals, and so having that qualifier in there helps us to grow within our means, so we can have the greatest impact with the funding that we’re receiving now, with full intentions to receive more in the future.” cheap moncler jackets

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